NEIL ASHBY, M.Chem., Ph.D.
I am a native English speaker from the UK and I completed my Ph.D. in Physical-Chemistry in 2005 at the University of Hull as part of the Colloid and Surfactant Research Group. My research included work published in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical-Chemistry, Chemical-Physics, Langmuir and Chemical Communications. Prior to my doctoral studies I attained an M.Sc. in Chemistry with Drug Design and Toxicology. In the private sector I have worked in analytical, healthcare R & D (Smith & Nephew UK Ltd.) and product development laboratories (Reckitt Benckiser). I relocated to Spain in 2006 and worked as both a TEFL-qualified English teacher and translator for five years before becoming a full-time self-employed translator in 2011; please see my project portfolio for more details.
Combining subject knowledge with linguistic, technical writing and research skills, I offer thoroughly prepared and precisely executed translations (see some testimonials). I only accept projects that are within my knowledge area or capacity of understanding (the majority of technical, scientific and medical texts) - a tried and trusted quality assurance mechanism.
I have successfully completed the SDL Trados (computer-assisted translation software) training course:
I am proud to be a Professional Member of Asetrad (click to see my member's page), the Spanish Association of Translators, Copy-Editors and Interpreters, as well as a member of the ProZ.com Certified PRO Network. Click on the logos below for more information.
As a physical-chemist who has evolved into a translator, I find that a scientist's research skills, attention to detail and capacity for understanding are essential qualities when translating texts with technically complicated concepts.
I enjoy my vocation and consider myself fortunate to work in the field of knowledge transfer. Being a freelance technical translator affords me the opportunity to collaborate in a variety of innovative and interesting projects, while taking full advantage of my own scientific training and expertise.